Thursday, May 12, 2005

Clinton and Gingrich Team Up on Electronic Health Records

New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich held a joint press conference on Wednesday to call for more federal efforts to move toward the use of electronic health records.

The conference was to support a bill Rep. Patrick Kennedy,a Democrat and and Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican.

The bill would fund regional planning for electronic record keeping and increase reimbursement rates paid to doctors who participate in the networks.

This issue has been talked about a great deal for the last seveal years, with both George Bush and Al Gore endorsing a move to electronic health records as a means creating greater efficiency in the U.S. medical system. After all, this is, in large part, was HIPAA was and is all about.

Clinton said she is working a bill to be introduced in the Senate, possibly with Bill Frist, the majority leader and a doctor.

Rumor has it that Clinton, Frist, and Gingrich are all thinking of running for President. Should they be getting along like this?

"He and I have a lot in common in the way we see these problems we have to deal with in order to have a 21st century health care system," Hillary said about Newt.

Newt Gingrich said 8,000 patients a year die as a result of taking the wrong, while another 44,000 because of medical errors. He said: "The time is right this year to do something dramatic."

New Presidential Slogan: "Because HIPAA Just Wasn't Enough"



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